Making the front page of The Sunday Tribune, of September 28, 2008, is report describing the horrific amount of litter, including huge quantities of broken glass, left on the beachfront on Friday night, September 26. The carnage was put down to youngsters celebrating the end of the school year but the party must have been a far cry from those in my day. We just wouldn’t have been allowed to run riot and smash glass to the extent that people had to turn from the beaches the next day because it wasn’t safe to walk.
A former municipal employee apparently contacted the Metro Police and was told that they had only had 20 staff on duty on Friday night who were unable to control the situation. I didn’t see the devastation but I did got through town at about 6:30 on Saturday morning and, to say that the streets were disgustingly littered, would be a gross understatement.
We have time and money to change street names and build vast new stadiums but we don’t have enough money for esssentials like adequate policing and, for that matter, enough firemen to do the job of keeping us safe.